• Broccoli Tempura


    Photography © Ana Degenaar Tempura vegetables have been my go-to appetizers for at least 4 Fridays, there's something about them that makes me so happy. You probably already know this but they're huge crowd pleasers, even for those who are not all that into vegetables. There are probably a million different ways to make this but I'll share the easiest one I know because who has time, right? Feel free to leave tips below.

    What you need:
    1 cup of rice flour
    1/2 tsp sea salt
    1/2 tsp sugar
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 cup of ice cold water
    1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil
    1 cup peanut oil for frying
    broccoli stalks
    sesame seeds

    The Process
    In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and sugar. Gradually and gently whisk the ice water, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened. The batter might be lumpy and that's ok, you don't want to over-work it. I like my batter very light (like crepe batter) but if you like yours more creamy just add about a third less of water. Heat the peanut oil in a frying pan and add the sesame oil. Dip each broccoli stalk in the batter, shake the excess off and place in the hot oil very carefully with the help of tongs. Transfer the broccoli to paper towels using a slotted spoon and immediately season with a little sea salt and sesame seeds. Work in small batches and dip in your favorite sauce.

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